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The Collins and Shelby County basketball teams will meet for the second time this season – Mother Nature permitting – Saturday night on the Titans’ home court.
The schools split the first girl-boy doubleheader of the season. The Rockets’ girls’ squad beat its Collins counterparts, 49-28, before the Titans’ boys’ team topped Shelby, 50-48, Dec. 13 at Mike Casey Gymnasium.
The girls’ game, which is slated to tip off at 6, has 30th District Tournament seeding implications. The Rockets (12-5, 3-1 through Wednesday) entered Thursday night’s game against district-leading Anderson County (15-4, 3-0) firmly in second-place [See box]. They’ll close out district play Saturday night.
Collins (5-10, 1-2), meanwhile, goes into tonight’s district game against Spencer County (4-17, 0-4) in third-place. A victory would assure the Titans of no worse than the No. 3 seeding in the district tournament.
Meanwhile the Shelby-Collins boys’ game, which will tip around 7:30, won’t count toward the district tournament seedings because the other two teams in the 30th only play each other once during the regular season, and the first meeting was the one that counted toward district tourney standings.
The Titans (18-3, 3-0) have clinched the top seeding and will face Anderson County (8-8, 0-3), which is assured of the No. 4 spot, in the 30th semifinals. Shelby County (8-12, 1-1) and Spencer County (7-14, 1-1) will meet in the other district tournament semifinal. The official seedings for that game will be determined Tuesday night, when the Rockets host the Bears at 7:30 p.m. at Casey Gym.
Saturday night’s doubleheader will be Collins’ “Pink Out” for breast cancer awareness. Both schools will also be collecting money for the Emma Durham Scholarship Fund, which is named for a former East Middle basketball player who lost her battle with cancer.
Other upcoming basketball games
8th Region basketball rankings
The top three spots in the boys’ rankings remain unchanged, and those three teams (Collins, South Oldham and Oldham County) appear to be a cut above the rest in the region. I’m shaking up my girls’ rankings this week, however, because I feel like Anderson County should’ve at least advanced to the final of last week’s Louisville Invitational Tournament.
1. Collins (18-3) – The Titans had their 8-game winning streak ended Wednesday night with a 6-point loss at third-ranked Trinity, but they are still 6-0 against 8th Region opponents. Collins hosts Shelby County Saturday night before playing at Frankfort on Tuesday. Last week: 1.
2. South Oldham (14-2) – The Dragons have won 13 of their last 14 games since losing to Collins on Dec. 9 entering tonight’s game at Gallatin County. South, which is led by senior guard Kyle Young (18.5 points per game), has a big 29th District game Monday at North Oldham before playing at Eminence on Tuesday. Last week: 2.
3. Oldham County (16-5) – The Colonels, fresh off a 9-point victory over Shelby and a 29-point triumph over Gallatin County, carry a 6-game winning streak into tonight’s game against Simon Kenton. They play at Frankfort on Saturday before hosting Western Hills on Tuesday. Last week: 3.
4. Simon Kenton (11-7) – The Pioneers, who lost by 18 at Dixie Heights last Friday but bounced back with a 14-point victory at Boone County last Saturday, are the only team besides Collins with an unbeaten record (7-0) vs. region foes. Last week: Unranked.
5. Carroll County (11-9) – The Panthers had their 5-game winning streak ended with a 72-42 loss to eventual runner-up Cordia in the first round of the All “A” Classic state tournament last Thursday. They try to bounce back tonight at Grant County before hosting Eminence on Monday night. Last week: 4.
1. Simon Kenton (19-3) – The Pioneers, who are No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press poll, take over the top spot. They’ll put their 6-game winning streak on the line tonight against Williamstown and Saturday night against Bishop Brossart before playing at Campbell County on Monday. Simon Kenton is also slated to host Cooper on Thursday. Last week: 2.
2. Anderson County (15-4) – The Bearcats, No. 3 in this week’s AP poll, beat No. 5 Ballard last Friday in the LIT quarterfinals before falling to fourth-ranked Sacred Heart, 66-57, Saturday in the semifinals. Anderson, which played at Shelby County last night, is scheduled to host Mercy Academy tonight, Spencer County tomorrow night, Franklin County on Tuesday and Collins on Wednesday. Last week: 1.
3. Oldham County (8-7) – The Colonels had won five of their previous six – including a 19-point win over Shelby County, my No. 3 team last week, last Friday - heading into last night’s game at Presentation Academy. They’re slated to play at Owen County tonight, Grant County on Monday and Christian Academy of Louisville on Thursday. Last week: Unranked.
4. Shelby County (12-5) – The Rockets dropped difficult back-to-back road games last weekend, losing by 19 at Oldham County and 10 at Madison Central. Shelby, which hosted Anderson Thursday night, will try to rebound this weekend, playing at Fairdale tonight and at Collins on Saturday night before hosting South Oldham on Monday and North Oldham on Thursday. Last week: 3.
5. Trimble County (13-6) – The Raiders lost to Newport Central Catholic, 65-48, in the quarterfinals of the All “A” Classic state tourney. They’re slated to host North Oldham tonight, Gallatin County on Monday and South Oldham on Wednesday. Last week: 4.